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Legacies Project Oral History: Benita Kaimowitz

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 9:43am

Benita Kaimowitz was born in 1935 and grew up in Pascagoula, Mississippi, where her father ran a general store. When she was 11, her family moved to Nashville, Tennessee. After graduating from college at the University of Hawaii, she got her master’s at Sarah Lawrence College. Kaimowitz helped register voters in Louisiana as a volunteer for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). She was a teacher and a longtime employee of Borders Bookstore in Ann Arbor. She and her first husband Gabe lived in a collective house for over two decades.

Benita Kaimowitz was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor as part of the Legacies Project.

League Of Women Voters Promote Voter Registration At Ann Arbor Bank, July 1964

League Of Women Voters Promote Voter Registration At Ann Arbor Bank, July 1964 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, July 29, 1964
Caption
OPEN VOTER DRIVE: Taking advantage of huge crowds during Bargain Days this week, the League of Women Voters has set up special desks at three locations to promote voter registrations for the Sept. 1 primary election. Shown at the S. University branch of the Ann Arbor Bank, where registrations are being handled today until 3 p.m., are (from the left), Mrs. Nathaniel P. Breed, Mrs. Arthur J. Carr, City Clerk Fred Looker and Mrs. Altan Balta. Registration also will be handled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the E. Liberty branch and from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday at the S. Main branch of the Ann Arbor Bank. The League has long been active in promoting civic participation.

Women's Group To Register Voters For City

Women's Group To Register Voters For City image
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2
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March
Year
1970
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LWV Workers To Take Voter Registrations

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25
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September
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1970
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League Of Women Voters Volunteers Register Voters At The Huron Parkway Fire Station, September 1970

League Of Women Voters Volunteers Register Voters At The Huron Parkway Fire Station, September 1970 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, September 30, 1970
Caption
Two volunteers from the League of Women Voters (LWV) - Mrs. David Cox, left, and Mrs. Robert W. Adams - sit behind a desk at the Huron Parkway fire station registering voters for the upcoming November election. A total 27 LWV members attended special training classes sponsored by the city and are authorized as deputy clerks to register any citizen qualified to vote. The League started the practice of manning auxiliary registration stations last spring to aid citizens who find it difficult or impossible to get to the city clerk's office during business hours. Registration will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today and Thursday and from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the city's fire stations, the Community Center and the Michigan League. Friday is the deadline for registering for the November election.

EMU Students Register To Vote, September 1971

EMU Students Register To Vote, September 1971 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, September 26, 1971
Caption
The League of Women Voters helped EMU students register to vote this past week in the McKenney Union ballroom. About 2,000 students took advantage of the drive - most of them registering to vote in the city of Ypsilanti.

New Ypsilanti Voters

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26
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September
Year
1971
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League Fights 2 Proposals

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21
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March
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1975
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Last Day of Voting Registration, July 1952

Last Day of Voting Registration, July 1952 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, July 7, 1952
Caption
Five persons become registered voters and others wait their turns in the city clerk's office at City Hall this morning on the last day for registration. The office will be open until 8 o'clock tonight to handle last-minute registrants. After tonight, however, no more registrations can be taken before the Aug. 5 primary.

Darwin L. Wood Registers To Vote With Carport "Curb Service", June 1952

Darwin L. Wood Registers To Vote With Carport "Curb Service", June 1952 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, June 21, 1952
Caption
One of about 300 persons who took advantage of last night's "curb service" voter registration at the city's carport was D. L. Wood of 309 E. Madison St. Wood's wife and children watch from the front seat as he signs up to vote in the Aug. 5 primary election.